DENVER — A Colorado neurosurgeon and two companies he owned have paid the United States $2.35 million to resolve civil allegations involving claims of illegal kickbacks, officials said.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Dr. William Choi received money from distributors of spinal implant devices that he used in surgeries, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.
The federal Anti-Kickback Statute protects patients whose medical expenses are paid from federal health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Choi performed surgeries at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Castle Rock Adventist and Porter Adventist hospitals.
Choi created two distributorships of spinal equipment called Nexus Spine LLC and 4D Spine LLC in 2011 and 2015, authorities said.